fortification

[fawr-tuh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of fortifying or strengthening.
2.
something that fortifies or protects.
3.
the art or science of constructing defensive military works.
4.
Often, fortifications. military works constructed for the purpose of strengthening a position; a fort: Supposedly impregnable, the fortifications were quickly overrun.
5.
a strengthening or improvement, as by addition of or intensification with another ingredient: the fortification of milk with vitamin D; the fortification of wine with alcohol.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin fortificātiōn- (stem of fortificātiō), equivalent to fortificāt(us) fortified (see fortify, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

nonfortification, noun
refortification, noun


4. fortress, citadel, stronghold, bulwark.
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fortification (ˌfɔːtɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act, art, or science of fortifying or strengthening
2.  a.  a wall, mound, etc, used to fortify a place
 b.  such works collectively
3.  any place that can be militarily defended

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fortification
early 15c., strengthening, also defensive earthworks, tower, from M.Fr. fortification, from L.L. fortificationem (nom. fortificatio), from fortificare (see fortify).
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Example sentences
It would also be the first fortification made to prevent a birth defect.
If a breakfast cereal has metallic iron, it maybe comes from a contamination
  source, not from a fortification compound.
The final fortification is a cheese sauce poured over the flour tortilla jacket.
She deplores the changed role of fortification from a public-health measure to
  a sales gimmick.
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